Jewban Sandwich

You don't have to look too hard or too far to see the influence of Cuban culture on Miami. Most Miamians take this for granted. They don't give a second thought to the numerous stands offering café con leche, guava and cheese pastelitos, and the caffeine shots that sustain downtown professionals through long workdays. But within the Cuban diaspora, there also exists a distinct group colloquially known as "Jewbans." They speak Spanish with their abuelas over arroz con pollo but trace their roots to the Jews of Eastern Europe, Spain, and North Africa. Or else they're the offspring of a match between members of Miami's two prominent cultures.

This Tuesday, see "Lox With Black Beans & Rice: Portraits of Cuban Jews in Florida" at the Jewish Museum of Florida. The exhibit features four decades of photos as well as narratives that reveal the kind of lifestyle and religious rituals that only Cuban Jews experience.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: April 27. Continues through Sept. 25, 2010
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